Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced that she’s taking a break from her show The Ingraham Angle. The announcement comes as even more sponsors severed ties with her show.
Ingraham came under fire last week when she attacked Parkland survivor David Hogg for not getting into a few colleges. Hogg responded by asking his Twitter followers to contact the companies that advertise on her show.
By last Friday, eleven companies – TripAdvisor, Expedia, Wayfair, Rachael Ray’s Nutrish, Nestle US, Atlantis, Jenny Craig, Stitch Fix, Office Depot, Hulu, and Johnson & Johnson – said that they would stop advertising on her show.
Since Friday, Jos. A. Bank, Ruby Tuesday, Liberty Mutual, and Miracle-Ear dropped their ads on her show.
Ingraham apologized, but Parkland survivors called her apology insincere and Hogg said that she should denounce how Fox News has treated the survivors.
“It’s disturbing to know that somebody can bully so many people and just get away with it, especially to the level that she did,” Hogg told CNN. “No matter who somebody is, no matter how big or powerful they may seem, a bully is a bully, and it’s important that you stand up to them.”
Ingraham announced on her show that she’s taking a week off from the show for “Easter break” and said that a “great lineup of guest hosts” would be filling in for her.
BREAKING: Laura Ingraham announced on tonight’s show that she would take next week off and be replaced by “a great lineup of guest hosts” pic.twitter.com/Ucoa4D45O2
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) March 31, 2018
Fox News told the Washington Post that the break has been planned for a while.
Think Progress notes that Bill O’Reilly – who lost 77 advertisers last year after the New York Times reported on multiple sexual harassment allegations against him – also took a “scheduled” vacation from his show as well. He never came back from that break.